WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden is promising “strong executive action” to tackle climate change, despite a double whammy in recent weeks that has helped regulate carbon emissions and promote clean energy like wind and solar power. restricted their ability.
The Supreme Court last month limited how the country’s main air pollution law could be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. Then late Thursday, Sen. Joe Manchin, World Nation News.VA, said he wanted to delay the comprehensive environmental legislation that Democrats have pushed as central to achieving Biden’s ambitious climate goals.
Biden, who pledged to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from 2005 levels, said on Friday that “action on climate change and clean energy is more urgent than ever.”
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If the Senate will not act to address climate change and promote clean energy, “I will take strong executive action to meet this moment,” Biden said in a statement from Saudi Arabia, where he told Saudi Arabia on Friday. Meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Biden did not specify what action he would take on the climate, but said they would create jobs, improve energy security, boost domestic manufacturing and protect consumers from rising oil and gas prices. “I won’t hold back,” he promised.
Some advocates urged Biden to use this time to declare a national climate emergency and ban crude exports, among other steps.
Declaring a climate emergency would allow Biden to redirect spending to accelerate renewable energy such as wind and solar and facilitate the country’s transition away from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.
Climate advocates, including some of Munchkin’s Democratic colleagues in the Senate, called Munchkin’s announcement that he could not support the climate provisions in the Senate bill — at least for now — from the obligation to fulfill a powerful, coal-state senator. Frees Biden. Protect your energy-producing home state. Munchkin’s vote is decisive in an equally divided Senate, where Republicans unanimously oppose climate action.
“Finally free. Let’s roll. Do it all and let it start now,” tweeted Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, DR.I. Which has long pushed for strong action on climate. “Legislative climate options now closed, now is the time for executive beast mode,” Whitehouse wrote.
Whitehouse suggested Biden could take a number of actions, including “a strong societal cost of the carbon rule,” that would account for greenhouse gas emissions as a cost to energy producers to do business. The senator also urged Biden to require major polluters to use technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions and enforce stronger pollution controls on cars, light trucks and heavy-duty vehicles.
Advocates also urged Biden to reject all onshore and offshore drilling in federal lands and federal waters — a move he promised during the 2020 campaign, but has not enacted — and natural gas pipelines and other fossil fuels. Restrict the approval of projects.
“For too long, we’ve been waiting for a single legislative package to save us and one legislator to determine our fate,” said Sen. Jeff Merkle, D-Ore. “Now that we have clear legislation to address our climate crisis, President Biden needs to put us on an emergency footing to address this disaster.”
Referring to Biden’s campaign promise to end new drilling on federal lands and waters, Merkle said, “Now is the time to show the American people that he is ‘no’ to expand our addiction to fossil fuels.” ‘ is serious.”
Before Munchkin’s outright rejection of climate measures, Democrats slashed their plan from about $555 billion in climate spending to more than $300 billion to secure their support. Advocates said proposed tax credits for wind, solar and nuclear power, with still unproven carbon-capture technology, could reduce emissions by up to 40% by 2030.
Manchin had already forced Democrats to drop two tax provisions he had opposed: direct payment of the clean energy credit and tax credits for drivers who bought electric vehicles. Manchin forced other concessions last year, including killing off a proposal that would pay utilities that grew clean energy, while penalizing those who didn’t.
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Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said he still hopes to salvage the clean energy tax provisions, adding that failure is “not really an option here.”
Munchkin’s request to defer action on the climate measure follows the Supreme Court’s June 30 decision, which in a 6-3 vote, said the Clean Air Act would require the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. does not give comprehensive rights.
The court’s conservative majority decision complicates the Biden administration’s plan for managing power plant pollution, but does not eliminate its authority to regulate greenhouse gases. EPA Administrator Michael Regan has said the agency is moving forward with proposed regulations for power plants in the coming months.
Ann Clancy, associate climate policy director for Indivisible, a progressive advocacy group, said it was time for Biden to “stop waiting for corporate-backed Democrats and their bad faith talks and deliver a real victory for the American people on climate.” was.”
“We have no more time to waste,” Clancy said.
Munchkin said in a radio interview on Friday that climate activists want an immediate end to the use of oil, coal and gas in the US. “It’s crazy,” he told West Virginia talk show host Hoppy Kercheval. “I’m not throwing caution to the wind. I think we need an energy policy that works for our country.”